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How to Really Be a Church Where All Are Welcome

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Lead Pastor Jim Burgen shares how to get people to relax and stay to figure out their relationship with God

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Idea: 3 Ways to Use Apps

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Use apps to grow your church and retain members.

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Idea: Get an Entire Community to Value a Local Church

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How Harvest Church in Billings, Mont., makes the church a much-loved fixture among the unchurched in its community

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Idea: Reach Families Affected by Mental Illness

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How Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., effectively helps and loves families affected by mental illness.

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Plug First-Time Guests Into the Church Immediately After the Service

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Experience Life Church helps first-time guests evaluate where they are on their faith journey immediately.

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Idea Starter: Home-Based Small Groups Reach Out to Neighbors and Friends

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How One Church Does It: EastLake Church asks group leaders to open groups to acquaintances to connect them to church.

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Allow Volunteers to Shadow Mentors Before They Commit to a Ministry

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Living Stones Church matches its members to service that fits their interests.

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Offer Neighborhood-Based Connections

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Christ’s Church of the Valley offers small groups based on geography and neighborhood.

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Offer an Online Portal to Make Options for Growth Easy to Recognize

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Hosanna Lutheran Church attributes GROWlink online program to the church’s retention.

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Emphasize Relationship Building

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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship offers “small churches” to create intimate connections within a large church.

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